School Tours

At the Coral Gables Museum, the city becomes our classroom for learning about the civic arts of architecture, urban design, urban planning, historic preservation, environmental preservation, and sustainable development. The City of Coral Gables is a unique, planned community developed in the 1920s and a shining example of the positive impacts that thoughtful architecture and urban planning can have on a community. Our educational programs introduce K-12 students to career paths in the civic arts, such as architect, landscape architect, developer, urban planner, engineer, ecologist, activist, politician, public administrator and more. Our educational vision is to build responsible and creative citizens that will contribute positively to communities worldwide.


School visits to the Coral Gables Museum are engaging and meet Florida State Standards! The Coral Gables Museum participates in a variety of existing programs for K-12 audiences, and teacher-learning resources are available when you schedule a school tour.

All tours shave a fee of $5 per student and $8 per chaperone. 1 chaperone for every 10 students is required.  All tours accept a maximum of 35-40 students unless otherwise stated. All tours take place at the Coral Gables Museum unless otherwise stated.

To schedule a school visit, please call 305-603-8067 or complete the Field Trip Request Form below.

For more information regarding school visits, please email

Available Tour Programs

Past & Present: Police & Fire Stations

Grades: K-12

Students will learn about the history of Coral Gables and about our building. The program explores our historic building that once housed the first police and fire station in the city that is now repurposed as our museum. Students will then be taken to the new police and fire department building down the street and are given a tour of the new police and fire station to learn about their operations. This program allows students to better understand the critical importance of these departments to public safety and the role of civic heroes in our community.

Must be scheduled at least 1 month in advance.

Group Size: 30 max
Location: Coral Gables Museum & Police and Fire Headquarters
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes

Green Generation: Superselves

Grades: K-2

Students will be introduced to some of the climate superheroes of South Florida, while also learning to become their most super self. Students will explore personal well being and environmental knowledge to design their own earth superhero.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Green Generation: Elemental Engineering

Grades: 3-6

Students will learn about different ways cities and people are changing to become more resilient to the effects of climate change. They will explore how Miami-Dade is tackling these challenges, the history of the building of the Coral Gables Museum and suggest creative climate modifications to the space for the future.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Green Generation: Community Constructing

Grades: 7-12

Students will delve into the complex world of land usage in Miami. This unique tour invites students to step into the shoes of different stakeholders, fostering negotiation, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. Along the way, they’ll learn about local changemkers who have made a positive impact on the city’s environmental landscape. Get ready to explore diverse perspectives on city development while actively engaging in a dynamic and thought-provoking activity.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Discovering Design: History & Architecture

Grades: K-12

Students will be given a tour of our “Creating The Dream” exhibition focusing on the inception and construction of Coral Gables. Other exhibitions relating to the architecture and history within Coral Gables will also be shown (check website). If there are no other related history or architecture exhibits currently showing, students will receive a related presentation based on our previous shows. Students will be able to see photographs, drawings, and paintings of early Coral Gables architecture, learn what kinds of architectural styles were used, about the City Beautiful Movement, and about its founder, George Merrick. Urban planning would be the focus of our activity after our tour and students will work in groups to collectively build a city using paper cutouts or Lego sets.

Duration: 1 hours 15 minutes

Beyond the Frame: Visual Arts

Grades: K-12

Students will discover the world of art within museums and galleries as we delve into the significance of artistic presentations, exhibition choices, and the unique qualities that make museums a vital part of our cultural landscape. Join us for an engaging tour of our current art exhibition(s), where students will gain insights into the decisions museums make, from presentation standards to the reasons behind not touching artworks. Please note that our art exhibitions change regularly (current and upcoming exhibitions on our website), but the heart of this program remains an exploration of why art finds its home within these inspiring places and the significance of museum and gallery environments.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

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